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Damien Franco PRO 5:48am, 20 July 2008
In one sentence, what's your best tip for new photographers?
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wretched plane [deleted] 9 years ago
DOF
MapHobbit PRO 9 years ago
"Rule of Thirds!!"
=] ♥
Kevin Tataryn PRO 9 years ago
"shoot, shoot, shoot" you never stop learning with photography
Capture Me Imagery PRO 9 years ago
While out in the field.. capture as many images as you want... you never know what you might miss.

Take your manual with you so you can experiment with the settings and if something pops up in the viewfinder or no the LCD that you dont understand you have it right there with you to look it up right away. Because I guarantee you that if you wait til you get to your car or back home you will have forgot what you wanted to look up in the first place. I know I have done it LOL!!

IF your manual is too confusing for you... (for Nikon users) www.kenrockwell.com has some laymans terms manuals on his sight.. I have two of them for both my cameras D70s & D200.
judicious card [deleted] 9 years ago
Shoot a lot and don't try to compare yourself to others.
Norris Image's PRO 9 years ago
choose Passion over skill, you will take better pictures.
LoneBrand 9 years ago
Be happy - shoot - be happy - shoot and stay happy and shoot some more, read a bit and try to understand...and if you then might feel unhappy: Shoot a lot more :)
silverhalidedreamer 9 years ago
Learn the basics and then make photographs that interest YOU, despite what the conventional wisdom at the time is.
thehotchili2000 9 years ago
Read this book.

Lighting Science and Magic by Hunter/Biver/Fuqua..
preyingjaws 9 years ago
Remember the 3P's of being a kid Play Play Play.
Nughul 9 years ago
focus and never give up to try to get the best shot! :D
Craig - S PRO 9 years ago
Know your camera.
RuanNiemann 9 years ago
read the4 F****ng MANUAL!
reflective pizzas [deleted] 9 years ago
Shoot and analyze your shots.
noiseless expansion [deleted] 9 years ago
Learn your camera b4 photochop
rje3000 9 years ago
Can't really believe no one has said this before me... use (and understand) the light meter.
M V Shreeram 9 years ago
Focus and composition - top 2 to make a good photograph.
berserk swing [deleted] 9 years ago
Bracket, bracket, bracket ... if at all possible take at least 3 separate exposures of a given shot - one that seems right, one that seems a bit too dark and one that seems a bit too light.
second-hand car [deleted] 9 years ago
Learn Patience, don't rush. Learn to see
fumbling calculator [deleted] 9 years ago
Have Fun

On an interesting side note, how many people did not read the rules about "in one sentence"
i2castillo 9 years ago
Know your camera and practice.
mshutchison81 PRO Posted 9 years ago. Edited by mshutchison81 (member) 9 years ago
Do not surprise your showering spouse with a camera flash, you will look really dumb picking up your camera with two broken arms.
Phil Peterson 9 years ago
Never be satisfied.
sandypalomo 9 years ago
Know the rules...and break them!
Learn Photoshop
blueweedphoto 9 years ago
Have Fun.
Tonya Doughty PRO 9 years ago
Do whatever is necessary to create photos you are in love with and don't worry what everyone else says, thinks or does.
Jason Wighton PRO 9 years ago
Keep your camera with you as much as possible, you never know what you may run into
Jeanene M. 9 years ago
Study the light, take tons of photos, experiment, .and show us the world through YOUR eyes!
fine square [deleted] 9 years ago
keep your lens cap off!
bix2anca 9 years ago
Trust the light and base on it!
Look at my pictures to understand why....
Phil Peterson 9 years ago
Stay open.
Learn to love the "rules"...then break them.
BBQ Tom 9 years ago
buy, and read, Understanding Exposure.
Patricia Pietron 9 years ago
"Make friends" with your camera before you allow the manual to scare you half to death.
Don't stick to automatic mode only.
Photographic Poetry PRO 9 years ago
Move in close for impact and drama. Most beginning photographers photograph to far from the subject.
ksuwildkat PRO 9 years ago
Shoot what you love and shoot it a lot
balpeck 9 years ago
Be yourself - it's your moment, your story, through your eyes.
expensive sweater [deleted] 9 years ago
Get out there and try new things, experiment...
hypercore360 9 years ago
A lot of good advice above.

From me, a few if I can offer (probably going to be repeats from above, as I haven't read them all).

If you're a beginner, is essential to know the *essentials*, by which I mean:

- Know the basics
a. Know your camera inside and out
b. Know exposure control (buy 'Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera') or something similar
c. Take a course in Basic Photography

- Take lots of picturs and analyze them
a. did the shot come out the way you thought it would?
b. take shots using "A", "S" and eventually "M" modes; analyze each shot by looking at the exposure data to get a full understanding of the shot you've taken
c. composition is another thing... some poeple have a natural nack and others (like me) have to work at it from a technical standpoint, and then eventually have it be a 'natural' part of your photographic repetoire.

Best advice I can give an absolute beginner is to take a beginner course in photography; community college or even one offered by your city community service. Its a good jump starter that would normally take you several weeks/months to learn on your own; it also offers an opportunity to meet other people in similar situation.

Photography is a really great hobby, as it offers such a wide range of opportunities to master one's artistic skills as well as requiring quite a bit of knowledge of optics and technical know-how, esp. when one gets into using lighting (studio or otherwise).
fortheloveofFiona PRO 9 years ago
Shoot what you love.
Patricia Pietron 8 years ago
Don't delete your bad shots right away. Use them to learn from your mistakes.
_JamesDavies 8 years ago
Don't listen to anyone else.
Samantha T. PRO 8 years ago
trial.and.error. :)
Bruce M Walker PRO 8 years ago
Study a lot of photos (as in: thousands), including your own.
softfocus9 8 years ago
wait for the RIGHT light!!!!! even if you need to come back later in the day or earlier the next day - the right lighting is everything.......
- make sure your photos speak to you - follow your vision!!
Zen Procrastination 8 years ago
Actually take photographs instead of sitting indoors reading about it.
rey® 8 years ago
Always bring your camera and make sure it works.
Maura van der Linden 8 years ago
Don't guess something won't work - try it and see what happens.
m o d e 8 years ago
Shoot, Shoot, Shoot.... Don’t be afraid to experiment...!
Claudio.Ar 8 years ago
Be yourself. Shoot, shoot, shoot, and try to find your style.
Follow the action like your digi is a video camera - when the screen starts looking good, start shooting.
MrDAT 8 years ago
READ: Other people probably have had the same question!
Manish Hemnani 8 years ago
always keep your eyes open, even if you are not carrying your cam along. beautiful photos are everywhere, all you need is an eye.
Bill Grolz PRO 8 years ago
Take a photo composition class. You will find that your pictures will improve remarkably.
andy_AHG PRO 8 years ago
For landscapers - Rule no1: You have to be there.
Marko Rosic Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Marko Rosic (member) 8 years ago
I'm a newbie myself, but I'd say don't be afraid to discard photos.
Sandee4242 PRO 8 years ago
Take your camera with you everywhere you go and take at least a photo a day.
jimbenttree 8 years ago
Take the time to learn exposure and light and be smarter than the camera.
NC Cigany 7 years ago
Shoot what catches your eye, then turn around and shoot what is behind you.
vivians photos 7 years ago
there is a lot of good advice on this topic.
Learn your camera inside and out first.

Then lots of practice and read all you can, plus learn from others.

Don't be afraid to ask that stupid question, everyone started somewhere and had to learn just like you.

Everything you will learn in school of any kind you can learn a whole lot cheaper by exploring the web. Unless you want or need a degree for some reason by books, magazines, read on-line, take those free webinars, and look at You-tube videos. All of these places I go to when I don't understand my instructors. I have even had some tell me to go to you-tube and look up different things.
kauonetwo Posted 7 years ago. Edited by kauonetwo (member) 7 years ago
Quote "A little learning is a dangerous thing. Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring. Unquote

i.e. Knowledge + Practice = Skill
Odd.note 7 years ago
90% of the game is showing up... with a camera
jimbenttree 7 years ago
Learn the basics of exposure and light and then learn to see.
Take your lens cap off!
VijayForVictory PRO 7 years ago
Practice makes the perfect!!!
Carry a spare battery.
-ojorojo- 7 years ago
You can get better picture quality with a good Point and Shoot than with $10,000 worth of DSLR camera gear, and these fast and convenient Point and Shoot cameras are getting better all the time. Just compare the shots right here in Flickr. Later, if you need to specialize, you can go ahead and spend your money (many thousands) on good lenses and gear, but keep away from kit lenses and their competitors because Point and Shoot cameras make better photos.
kauonetwo 7 years ago
Read and practice all the afore said comments. Practice & practice.
Hammonton Photography 7 years ago
Find your OWN style while figuring out ways to look at the 'ordinary' and give it a little bit 'extra' - through your lens.. Turning your photos extraordinary, in your very own way.
Don't be afraid to try something different and daring.. in fact you WILL surprise yourself and you will probably find that you create the most amazing images when you forget the 'rules' and just become one with your camera.
And enjoy yourself.
Take photos with or without your camera.
Uncle Berty 7 years ago
Open EVERYTHING (any file format) in ACR, use the 'open as' option.
Andrew Bulatowicz PRO 7 years ago
have no fear
Jamie White. 6 years ago
Get as much constructive criticism as you possibly can. Don't listen to family, listen to those who've been doing it a long time. Join a local camera club. Don't be shy, ask.
wolf_breath 6 years ago
lighting and exposure are crucial
_NMcC_ Posted 4 years ago. Edited by _NMcC_ (member) 4 years ago
Keep your eyes open at all times for anything that might be of photographic interest, try be observant of your surroundings.
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